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Updated: March 12, 2010 16:15 IST

Don't talk to naxals through media, Nitish tells Chidambaram

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar garlanded by his party leaders during Janta Dal United state council meeting in Patna on Thursday.
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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar garlanded by his party leaders during Janta Dal United state council meeting in Patna on Thursday.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday urged Home Minister Mr. P. Chidambaram to stop communicating with Naxals via the media.

“I appeal to Mr. Chidambaram not to talk to the ultras through newspapers. It is ridiculous to hold talks on such a grave issue via mobile phones and SMS,” stated Mr. Kumar.

“We have only 23 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) companies stationed in Bihar. The Centre has not responded to our demand for more battalions, on the contrary it talks of withdrawing even these,” said Mr. Kumar, adding that due to the Centre’s indifference, he was forced to form the State Auxiliary Police (SAP).

Mr. Kumar stressed that the elimination of corruption at the grass roots level was the real solution to combat the Naxal problem.

“People in backward belts can only be brought into the mainstream if the implementation of ground level schemes is corruption-free,” he remarked.

Speaking at the State Executive Meet of the Janata Dal (United), Mr. Kumar once again refuted rumours of his party breaking up over his support for the Women’s Reservation Bill.

“Rumours about the JD (U) breaking away from the BJP and joining the Congress are utterly baseless media speculations which are best ignored,” he reiterated.

“Yes, there is an honest difference in our thought processes which I have never hidden from the public. Our party functions within a democratic setup where everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. So, let us ‘agree to disagree’,” commented Mr. Kumar, adding that the JD (U) was a truly secular party that accommodated people from every caste, creed and religion.

He further stated that he was in touch with members opposing the Bill in its present form.

Hitting out at the Centre for repeatedly ignoring Bihar’s request for the “Special Category” status, Mr. Kumar said that the State was merely demanding its rights, and not charity money from the Centre.

Nice to hear that our leaders have started to speak about "corruption-free" word. Let us hope it escalates and we see a dramatic change in our country. We will be on top of all. Corruption-free = Happy, Prosperous, Strong, Confident Nation for our Offspring Generation which is GREATEST GIFT we can give to INDIANS (We will not be alive in 100 years none of us who are living in India) but our offspring generation will. Let us give them GOOD AND STRONG MOTHER INDIA.

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Posted on: Mar 12, 2010 at 11:55 IST
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